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Session: Improving Reproductive Health Program Quality and Outcomes
3224.0: Monday, November 8, 2004: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Improving Reproductive Health Program Quality and Outcomes
It is widely accepted that making family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services available is not sufficient to eliminate unmet need or ensure effective use. Quality of care is also needed, including attributes such as choice of methods, technical competence of providers, quality of information, interpersonal relations, referral mechanisms, and an appropriate constellation of services. Measuring quality of care and using results to improve programs has been a challenge, but many advances have been made in recent years. This panel’s presentations describe many aspects of FP/RH quality, factors that affect or facilitate quality, and how to measure and improve it. Topics include the influence of national FP/RH policies on quality, the effects of incorporating a gender perspective, expanding method choice, and improved counseling on quality, and ways to measure and evaluate quality improvements (international and US examples). Research results presented should provide practitioners with state of the art knowledge and skills to measure and improve various aspects of quality in their programs, and ultimately better meet their clients’ FP/RH needs.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1) explain key components of FP/RH quality and factors that affect it 2) cite ways to measure FP/RH quality in domestic and international settings 3) describe research findings on the effect on quality of: expanded method choice, favorable national policies, training, counseling, and gender equity
Moderator(s):Paula Tavrow, PhD
12:30 PMFrom policy to performance: Shaping national policy and protocols to strengthen and support primary providers
Pape Gaye, MBA, Laurie Noto Parker, MPH
12:42 PMCorrelating provider performance with five performance improvement factors: A multi-country study
Lauren Voltero, Alfredo L. Fort, MD, PHD
12:54 PMImproving quality of care by expanding contraceptive choice
Rebecka Inga Lundgren, MPH, Claudia Patricia Velasquez, MPH
1:06 PMWithdrawn -- Correlation between quality of the counseling sessions and the use of contraceptive methods
Fernando Gonzales, MD, Ricardo Vernon, PhD, Erica Palenque, BA
1:18 PMAssessment of Public Health Facilities using the Quick Investigation of Quality in Indonesia
Astrid Sulistomo, MD, MPH, Lucas Pinxten, MD, MPH, Nancy Caiola, MPH, Gail Fraser Chanpong, MS, DrPH
1:30 PMApproaches and indicators for measuring quality in region VIII family planning programs
Yvonne M Hamby, MPH, Dela Kusi-Appouh, BA
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:Community Health Planning and Policy Development; International Health; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA